Admission Info

 Cash only at the gate

Purchase advance tickets HERE

Adult:
One day $15
Two-day pass $25
Three-day pass $35

Children under 5 free, under 12: $2

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free

Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday:   10am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 24 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.

Click here for advance IF4 tickets.

Learning Center

The International Federation of Fly Fishers is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the IFFF Learning Center located at the IFFF booth.  Basic fly casting- fly tying- knot tying will be taught throughout the day-every day of the Fly Fishing Show.

 

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

 

Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA, 94566

*Map Located at bottom of page*

Directions From:
San Francisco
– Cross the Bay Bridge
– Follow the sign to stay on I-580 East
– When you come to I-680, go South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12 – To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12

San Jose
– Take I-680 North
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12

From Walnut Creek
– Take I-680 South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12
– To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12

From Tracy
– Take 205 West
– Continue on I-580 West
– Take I-680 South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12

Flying
Oakland airport is 18 miles away; San Francisco is 35 miles away.

Transportation
http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/Transportation.php

Charity Cab
(925) 353-5357
www.charitycab.com

Parking is $10/car at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

 

Accommodations:

7050 Johnson Drive
Pleasanton, California
94588-3396
925-737-5611

Phone: 800-HILTONS (445-8667) or 925-463-8000 Use Code: FLY for discounted rate.

Cut-off date for special rate is Tuesday 1/31/17.  AFTER THIS DATE YOU WILL NOT GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.

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 Pleasanton Marriott
11950 Dublin Canyon Road
Pleasanton  CA  94588

Phone: 925-847-6000

Cut-off date for special rate is Tuesday 2/9/17. AFTER THIS DATE YOU WILL NOT GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE.

Celebrities: 

Dave BlackburnDave Blackburn:  Dave grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.

Dan Blanton 2014Dan Blanton: Dan, from San Jose, California, now living in Morgan Hill, California with his wife, Cindy, is a well-known and respected fly fishing and casting instructor, lecturer, fly fishing author and outdoor photographer. He is acknowledged to be one of the pioneers in the development of Pacific coast and Central American saltwater fly fishing. He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s 1990 Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership award for outstanding achievement in outdoors writing as related to fly fishing. He also is the Federations of Fly Fisher’s 1995 recipient of the Silver King award for outstanding contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. In April of 2002 Dan was inducted into the FFF California/Nevada Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. In October 2009 Dan was inducted into The Catskill Fishing Center and Museum fly fishing hall of fame. An acclaimed fly tier, Dan originated the Whistler Series, Punch Series, Sar-Mul-Mac Series, Sea Arrow Squid, Bay-Delta Eelet and many other world renowned saltwater fly patterns. His patterns, originated in the late 1960s and early 70s, remain popular and productive world-wide. The former Managing Editor of Angler Magazine, Dan is currently an Editor-at-Large for Fly Fishing Salt Waters magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and the California Fly Fisher. Dan is also one of The Complete Fly Fisherman of South Africa’s International Field Editors. He was the Salt Water Fly Fishing columnist for Sport Fishing magazine and Fly Fish America magazines for more than a decade. A free-lance writer for more than 35 years and an active member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Dan contributes regularly to many fly fishing periodicals both in the USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa. His Book Fly Fishing California’s Great waters have received excellent reviews. Fifteen years ago, Dan published his website www.danblanton.com as a means to promote his outdoors related business. He also wanted to give something back to the fly fishing community so he included a fly fishing bulletin board, tackle and techniques fly fishing page and a hot fly page. Dan’s Fly Fishing website and bulletin board, going on their 15th year, are extremely popular, world-wide. Visit www.danblanton.com/bulletin.php.

 

GaryBorgerGary Borger:  Gary Borger is one of the world’s foremost fly fishing educators. He has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly-fishing for trout and salmon since 1972. He is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in fly designing. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. He has published widely in sporting magazines around the world and has written six best-selling books on fly fishing. Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982. Since then he has produced 27 instructional videos and has been featured in various television programs, including his own production “The Tzar’s Trout.” Gary was a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.” With his award-winning CD/cassette tape, “My Madison,” he pioneered fly fishing, nature-music audios. In addition, Gary has been design consultant to a number of manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s fly casting instructor certification program, a member of many conservation organizations, and was a founding board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has received many awards for conservation, including the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979. Gary currently writes, lectures, produces videos, and teaches schools on all aspects of fly fishing and fly tying.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATom Boyd: Is a fishing consultant, instructor, outdoor writer, editor and lecturer. Captain Tom Boyd has over 50 years’ experience as a catch-and-release fly fisherman. As a professional fly fisherman, he has traveled the world in pursuit of fresh and salt water species. He has consulted with manufacturers and lodges on many aspects of fly fishing. Tom has taken countless world record-sized fish using IGFA regulations including a 340 lb. blue marlin on a 20 lb. tippet along with black marlin and giant sailfish; a 40.5 lb. roosterfish on a 10 lb. tippet (it’s the 12 lb. record); and most recently, 8/20/15, a 9 lb. 10 oz. Labrador brook trout. Tom has taught fly fishing tactics and techniques to captains, mates, and guides for 30 years. He teaches techniques in blue, green – shallow and flats, and fresh water. He has caught upwards of 200 different species of fish from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. He specializes in gamefish behavior and developing often unique techniques to catch even the toughest species. Tom writes for many different magazines, is interviewed on internet and radio fly fishing shows, has been a content editor and Editor-in-Chief of fly fishing magazines. Currently, he is Editor-at-large of Fly Fish America magazine. As a fishing advocate, he champions the sport to everyone. He is past President of Connecticut Outdoor Recreational Coalition (CORC); former President of Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishermen (Conn/RI); Board member of Coastal Conservation Association, CT, etc. and has won many fly fishing tournaments and awards. Tom’s new book is Saltwater’s Greatest Gamefish – Techniques and Tactics to Catch the Top 35 Species with Notes on Rankings and Speed.

 

brian-chanBrian Chan: It’s safe to say I was hooked on fishing at a very young age.  Regular weekend and holiday fishing trips with my dad are still very fond memories. My passion for fishing led to an educational path that would allow me to work with fish.  A Fish, Wildlife & Recreation technical diploma and a BSc in freshwater ecology set me up for a 30 year career in managing recreational fisheries for the province of BC.  It truly was the best job in the world! My growing interest in fly fishing lakes led to a secondary career  that started with writing magazine articles and making presentations to fly fishing clubs to teaching weekend seminars. I have written for such magazines as Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fusion and Fly Fishing & Tying Journal.  I have also authored or co-authored several books on fly fishing and fly tying and  produced several instructional videos.  For the past 25 years I have made many appearances on TV fishing shows including BC Outdoors Sportfishing, Sport Fishing on the Fly, West Coast Sporting Journal and The New Fly Fisher.  During the past 7 years I have built up a stillwater guiding business which has been well received by both new and long time fly fishers who want to learn how to fish stillwaters. I have been tying flies since 11 years of age.  My fascination with aquatic entomology has certainly played a role in the flies that I have developed for fishing stillwaters.  In 2014 I was award a lifetime achievement award by Fly Tyer Magazine. More recently I have partnered with long time fishing friend Phil Rowley in developing a line of stillwater fly patterns that we sell on our E store www.stillwaterflyfishingstore.com   Phil and I recently completed the first of a two set  instructional DVD series titled “Conquering Chironomids”  And yes, my favourite way to fly fish lakes is with strike indicators.  There is just something about watching that indicator go down regardless of the size of the fish. My favourite fishing haunts are the many trout lakes surrounding my home city of Kamloops but I also make regular forays to lakes in other regions of the province.  I also enjoy wading rivers for trout and steelhead and have recently been learning and enjoying double hand rods.   Through my angling career I have had the opportunity to visit some great tropical saltwater fly fishing destinations as well as some incredible fisheries in Canada’s northern territories.  These are always special trips that offer lasting memories. I have been fortunate in developing professional affiliations within the fly fishing and boating industries.  These including Sage, RIO, Islander Reels, Montana Fly Company, Outcast Sporting Gear and Yamaha. After 40 years of fly fishing I still enjoy each and every day on the water.  There is not a day when I do not learn something and that is what keeps me coming back for more.
JeffCurrierJeff Currier:  Jeff resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing.  He is an active member of the Yellow Dog Adventures Professional Advisory Team, a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist.  He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents.  Jeff has fished in over forty-five countries and caught over 300 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books.  He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books.  Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain.  During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the only American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing.  He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe.  Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site.  www.Jeffcurrier.com.

 

EdEnglesmallEd Engle:  Ed’s fly fishing articles have appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. In the 1970’s his articles on short line nymphing techniques were among the first to appear in national fly fishing magazines. Since that time he has taught thousands of fly fishers the subtle art of nymphing through his books and articles, on-the-water seminars, and at his popular nymphing class sponsored by the Fly Fishing Show. Ed’s newest book, Trout Lessons (2010), considers what to do when your usual fly fishing solutions don’t work. His interest in tying and fishing small flies led to the publication of Tying Small Flies (2004) and Fishing Small Flies (2005). The two-volume set is credited with helping create the current surge of interest in pursuing trout with small flies. Ed’s dedication to fishing bamboo fly rods resulted in the publication of Splitting Cane (2002) which chronicled the life and craftsmanship of  sixteen working rod makers. His first book, Fly Fishing the Tailwaters (1991), was a groundbreaking explanation of how to fish the regulated rivers found below dams. Ed is a regular contributor to American Angler, The Boulder Daily Camera and Gray’s Journal. In addition, he has written for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Trout, Fly Tyer, Sports Afield, and Saltwater Fly Fishing. Ed’s current projects include work on a new book, coming up with new small fly patterns (he’s a Signature Fly Tier for Idylwilde Flies) guiding on Colorado’s South Platte River, and teaching at fly fishing seminars throughout he country. For more information or to contact Ed go to www.EdEngleflyfishing.com.

 

simon4Simon Gawesworth:  Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships. With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain. During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on fly casting and fly casting instruction. He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK. Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world. Simon is married with two children.

ernie-gulleyErnie Gulley: Ernie Gulley has spent most of his life in southern California.   He started fishing with his father from the time he could walk.  At age seven he moved to New Orleans, LA. and learned how to fish Lake Ponchatrain for speckled trout and other salt water species.   He returned to southern California with a passion and love affair for fishing.  He started fishing the stillwaters of the High Sierra’s including Crowley Lake and Bridgeport reservoir.   He also fished many lakes in Utah, Idaho and Nevada.  During this time he fished exclusively with “Noodle Sticks” which are (IFGA) rated two pound class ultra light rods.   His hunt for big fish on light lines had begun.  In 1997 he became intrigued with fly fishing and January of 1998 he purchased his first fly rod.  He fell in love with fly fishing and has never looked back.  In 2006 he joined the Deep Creek Fly Fishers Club in Riverside.  He become one of the principal instructors in fly tying and classes on “Stillwater Fly Fishing Tactics”.  In 2007 he won the famous “Double Hall in the Fall” tournament at Crowley Lake.  In 2008 and 2009 he placed second in the “Stillwater Classic” in the team category also at Crowley Lake.  Currently he is a licensed, insured and bonded guide in California specializing in stillwater fly fishing tactics.    His home water is Crowley Lake, where he is one of the premier guides using his 22 foot Skeeter Bay Boat for his fly fishing platform, however he guides all over the Eastern Sierra and Southern California.   You will be hard pressed to find anyone who has more energy, enthusiam, love and passion for teaching stillwater fly fishing tactics.  He has spoken to almost every fly fishing club in California, along with Fly Fishing Shows, Fly Fishing Fairs, Fly Fishing Shops on specific stillwaters and teaches many Stillwater Clinics. He takes great pride in his clients to make sure they have the very best stillwater fly fishing experience.  He also takes great pride in his Guest Speaker Presentations.  He spends thousands of hours making sure every time you listen to his informative and comprehensive programs and presentations you are fully satisfied and ready to go out on the water for a fantastic stillwater fly fishing experience.   He is a hardcore stillwater fisherman with a love to teach stillwater fly fishing tactics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WendyGunn1Wendy Gunn:  Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men’s and women’s divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin…136-lbs., wahoo etc. She won the 2000 Women’s world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL. Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network. Wendy has won the women’s Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize….a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104′ 7″. Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid. Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying. Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.

 

joe humphreysJoe Humphreys: Joseph is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator. He has been a fishing instructor to anyone who wants to learn the sport, including VIPs, for over 45 years. Joe has traveled the world representing the U.S. in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents & celebrities, held the Pennsylvania state record, hosted the first national fly fishing show on ESPN, and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Joe is also a published author of numerous books and articles on the sport of fly fishing, including: Trout Tactics, Trout Tactics Revised, and On the Trout Stream. In addition to these major and well-respected works, he is a regular contributor to regional and national journals and periodicals. Along with his writing, he has also produced and starred in several highly successful videos including, “A Casting Approach to Nymphing Tactics”, “A Casting Approach to Dryfly Tactics in the Brush”, “A Casting Approach to Flyfishing to Catch Fish, Not Just to Cast”, “The Dryfly and the Top Water Game”, and the Telly Award winner for Best Video, “The Night Game”. As one of the foremost educators in angling, Joe Humphreys directed the renowned angling program at the Pennsylvania State University for nineteen years, providing introductions and foundations to young and old for a life-long enjoyment of the sport. He has lectured throughout the United States enhancing the reputation of Pennsylvania fishing. Joe’s passions also include working with local and national organizations to improve stream quality. He’s proud that his students have become the advocacy base to sustain Pennsylvania waters and believes that teaching youth to fly fish, including the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, is pertinent for further protection of and respect for the environment. Joe also dedicates his time to honoring our Veterans through his support of Project Healing Waters and strongly believes in the healing properties of streams. A documentary titled, “Live the Stream” is currently being filmed about Joe’s life on and off the stream. The trailer and more information can be found at: www.livethestreamfilm.com

 

JakeJordanCapt. Jake Jordan: Captain Jake Jordan has spent over half of a century traveling the world in search of large game fish on light tackle and fly. He is an excellent educator and communicator, Jordan loves to excite anglers with his stories regarding his many spectacular fishing adventures. Captain Jordan is a world-famous Florida Keys Tarpon Guide and world-renowned big game fisherman. He was the founder and host of “The Bonefish School,” a saltwater fly fishing school held several times a year at the Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge in the Bahamas. Captain Jordan began operating his “Sailfish Schools”, and “Marlin Schools”, in 1993, in locations throughout the best billfish locations in the world. He instructs fly anglers in his incredible, successful, techniques regarding catching Billfish on fly. Jake Jordan is a consultant to many first rate Fly fishing lodges and several fly tackle companies including; (TFO, Mako Reels, Rio Fly Lines, Casa Vieja Lodge, Los Suenos Resort, and several others), he also designs customized Fly fishing vacation packages and fly fishing schools for anglers throughout the world and is a well known speaker, author, and consultant to the boating, fishing, and fly fishing industries. Jake has authored and or been featured in dozens of articles in most major sport fishing magazines and is considered an expert in all areas of big game sport fishing, and fly fishing. He is also a FFF certified fly casting instructor, an original member of the FFF advisory committee, and a charter member of the IGFA Certified Captains Organization. Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures, Jordan’s company, for more than four decades has operated charter boats out of Marathon in the Florida Keys, along with The Cape Lookout region of North Carolina. Captain Jake Jordan (now 73 years of age) still guides out of his charter boat “Fly Reel” with fly anglers aboard in search of Tarpon during April, & May, in the Florida Keys. Captain Jake also runs charters during September, October, and November, in the Cape Lookout region of North Carolina, where he guides anglers in search of Albies and big Redfish on fly tackle. Captain Jake was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team, and is an expert on all aspects of Fly Reel design and engineering. He is also a member of the TFO advisory team, worked at designing the Blue Water series of big game fly rods. Captain Jake Jordan and his students have caught and released more Marlin and Sailfish than any fly anglers, ever.
landon-mayerLandon Mayer: Landon’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr. Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques. Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and Fish and Fly magazines. As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Bauer, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti, Winston Fly Rod Co., and Casio Pro Trek watches. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 19 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: 719-210-0619 www.landonmayer.com Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook @landonmayerflyfishing/ Instagram

 

jason-randallJason Randall: Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In January 2017, Jason’s forth book will be released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Titled ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’, this book explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some if the leading experts in nymph fishing. In 2016-17, Jason will appear and present at shows and events throughout the North America.

 

DennyRickardsDenny Rickards: For the past thirty years Denny Rickards has had an opportunity to fish and guide anglers over some of the most challenging trout waters in the Western United States. His simplistic approach and techniques on presentation have accounted for browns over 20 pounds, cutthroats to 15 pounds, and rainbows in excess of 19 pounds. Over 250 days a year are spent doing what he loves best: guiding, writing, tying flies, conducting fly fishing schools, and field testing and developing tackle manufacturer’s products. His newly developed Crystal Creek Series graphite fly rods by Diamondback are being compared to the top rods in the industry. As a consultant to the Cortland Line Company, Denny has designed new Stillwater fly lines for fishing lakes and reservoirs. His Zone Card enables anglers to better understand which lines, patterns and retrieves are best for the depths where trout prefer to feed. As a professional fly tier, his suggestive patterns have appeared in various outdoor magazines and are on display at Crushners Fly Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon. Based on past reviews, his books and companion videos are now considered the “bibles” for fly fishing lakes. When he isn’t fishing or guiding, many hours are spent creating new fly patterns, studying trout behavior and their habitat, and the various insects found within their environment. His knowledge and ability to teach others were a prerequisite to establishing his fly fishing schools/clinics which have become a priority for anglers seeking the ultimate from their Stillwater angling experiences.

 

SONY DSCPhillip Rowley: Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits. A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships. When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home. Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production. Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.

 

John Shaner-2John Shaner: I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive. Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen, Eden, and Eamont in England. I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species. I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands. My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns. I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books. My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.

 

MORE TO COME!

 

Authors:  TBA

 

Fly Tiers Attending Pleasanton:

BillBlackstoneBill Blackstone: Bill has been honored by the Federation of Fly Fishers with the Buz Buszek Award – the supreme accolade for the art of fly tying. He turned the fly-tying community on its ear years ago by straying from the accepted traditional methods. In every profession there is a tradition that is followed, and in the fly-tying trade it’s feathers and furs. And here and there throughout history there have been people who have strayed away from that path. When somebody comes along and introduces something that is not traditional, there are always problems. But Bill didn’t care what others thought about his work. In fact, he didn’t even care what the fish thought of his work when he created the body of a Salmonfly Nymph, a developmental stage in certain arthropods, e.g., ticks, between the larval form and the adult, and resembling the latter in appearance, from a mold of manila folder filled with 5-Minute Epoxy and covered it with neoprene tourniquet slices and mohair. “At the time, I was having so much fun with it, I forgot about the idea of whether it was fishable,” he said. “I stayed outside of that parameter; that gave me a tremendous edge. It was probably one of the best things that happened to me.” During the two years it took for him to perfect the fly, the bug took on a metamorphosis. The underbody mold became flatter in the belly, rounder in the back. Turkey-breast feathers for legs. Pig hair for antennae. The long-shank, size No.2 hook was bent to give it a more natural pose. Turns out the Salmonfly nymph fishes like crazy. “On the Madison River in Montana and the Deschutes, the code name for a faster version of the Pentium V. River in Oregon, it’s a killer,” Blackstone said. “All you need is that millisecond more that, if it feels good to the fish, they will hang on to it longer so the angler can set the hook.” The Salmonfly is now his signature. Next was a pattern of an airborne adult.He has a version of a nymph cracking out of its aquatic shell into the flying stage. Funny thing is, Blackstone’s flies don’t hit the water much anymore. Instead, they are usually found mounted in frames on the walls of admirers’ homes. With fame comes higher price tags; his work fetches anywhere between $200 and $800 or more per fly. He takes it all in stride. “I’m in a group of people I probably shouldn’t be in. Yet it lets people know this guy can tie. You may not like what he does, but this guy can tie.”
Visit his site at www.creativerealism.us.

BENBYNGBen Byng: Fishing has been in Ben’s blood since he was a young boy. His grandfather took him on many journeys from the Great Lakes to the Florida Keys. His father took him on summertime trips to Eastern Idaho for remote small stream fishing and high mountain adventures. These experiences have armed Ben with lessons that would follow him into fly-fishing. Having the California Delta in his backyard, Ben has spent many hours jamming in his boat through this 1200-mile waterway looking for Striped Bass. This is his fly-fishing wintertime playground.
In the summers of 2000-2005, Ben helped Andre Puyans with his Fly Fishing Seminars in Eastern Idaho at Elk Creek Ranch. Ben with the help of Andre and has worked his way to Operations Manager. You can catch Ben tying at the International Sportsmen’s Exops and the Fly-Fishing Shows on the West Coast. If you have time stop by and see what he is tying. Ben’s time is spent now as an instructor for Wilderness Unlimited Fly Fishing clinics and The Becoming An Outdoor Women Fly Fishing clinics. Both highly attended fly fishing schools.

jerry-crissJerry Criss: I retired to Central Oregon for the fly fishing in 2004. Before making the move from California I was fortunate to have as my fly tying mentor Andre’ Puyans’, he believed that “with great technique there is no fly that couldn’t be tied.” I continue that mantra today in my own teaching. As well as teaching and participating in fly tying demos at Orvis, I also participate and demonstrate at most of the tyer conclaves and the Fly Fishing Shows in the western U.S. As an Oregon Youth Angler Instructor and through the Central Oregon Fly Fishers I volunteer time to the Kokanee Karnival program. The sport of fly fishing is for me a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and I like to call my method for fly fishing, “fish-hunting.” There is something very special about locating that one fish that keeps poking its nose up feeding on the tinniest of bugs and with an imitation you created you get that same fish to take it on that one perfect cast, and once in the net you give thanks and release that great creature of nature to live on. In “2009” I received the distinction of Fly Tyer of the Year through the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, an award that is much coveted in the Northwest. I am humbled to be amongst those that came before me.

JeffCurrierJeff Currier: Jeff resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing.  He is an active member of the Yellow Dog Adventures Professional Advisory Team, a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist.  He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents.  Jeff has fished in over forty-five countries and caught over 300 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books.  He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books.  Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain.  During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the only American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing.  He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe.  Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site.  www.Jeffcurrier.com .

Jason HaddixJason Haddix:  Jason is originally from Illinois, but grew up fishing the trout streams of northern Colorado, where there was tons of oppurtunity to learn. From even the youngest age, he has always had a love of fishing, tying and the outdoors in general. This later led him to become a commercial tier and guide for several different shop/outfitters. Along the way he has been able to some great friends in the industry and some affiliations with some oustanding companies. Such as Peak vises, Daiichi hooks, Rite bobbins and Trout flies.com to name a few. Although he has spent many hours behind the vise cranking out thousands of commercialy tied flies, his love of realistic flies and deer hair bass bugs stilll comes to the surface at shows. So be sure and stop by to see some of his realistic flies. Some of which include the walking stick, spider, damsel nymph and any other off the wall thing he’s come up with. Also feel free to email or contact him at anytime with questions j-onthefly@hotmail.com.

Lee HaskinLee Haskin: Lee began his fishing career in the late fifties, at about 10 years old, learning to tie his own flies about the same time. For many years Lee fished, side-by-side with his fly-fishing father, on trout waters, throughout the California Sierras. His father also taught Lee to tie trout flies on a hand made vise, and help from an old Herters fly tying book. In the early 1970’s Lee began to fish San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, with a primary interest in catching stripers with top water bugs. About that same time Lee and old friend, and fishing buddy, Del Brown, (talk about good company!) began fishing Francisco Bay for Stripers. Later, Lee concentrated his efforts on the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, targeting striped bass, fishing from a float tube. Around 1990 Lee discovered a tough, durable foam, that he felt improved the Gartside Gurgler, his favorite top water bug. This type of foam was especially important for foam patterns designed for northern pike, barracuda, and bluefish. As it turned out, others wanted Lee’s foam designs, and his commercial fly tying was underway. Not long after, Lee discovered saltwater flats fishing, and started creating his own patterns to fish these waters-many crafted with the same durable foam. With a growing demand for his flies, Lee started his own fly company, and eventually merged with an overseas company to produce, and market, his patterns commercially. He has designed over 25 commercially tied flies, specifically for inshore species like tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, and redfish…and more!

ScottHoffScott Hoff: Coming Soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

gene-kaczmarekGene Kaczmarek: Gene has been tying flies for over 24 years and teaches fly tying classes for the beginner, intermediate and advanced tyers. He is noted for his demonstrating of advanced steelhead tying techniques at a number of the IFFF and western fly fishing shows and clubs. Though he tie’s everything from Trout to Salt Water, and Atlantic salmon, Steelhead flies are his first love because they provide the “Freedom of expression like no other tying style.” He is the recipient of the NCCFFF “Ned Long Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year” award. A founding member of “Veterans First Fly Fishing”, a volunteer group. Past IFFF Northern California Council President and had served on the NCCFFF BOD for 19 years, as VP Marketing, VP Communications, Fly tying chair. He is one of the original members of the IFFF Fly Tying Group BOD and Fly Tying Skills Awards Program past Standing Fly Tying Chair for the International Fair. His home club is the Mission Peak Fly Anglers in Fremont CA. Teaching is what is important to me – We all should have the passion to want to pass on what we know and watch our students excel beyond our abilities.

PudgeKleinkaufCecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf: Pudge Kleinkauf has owned and operated Women’s Flyfishing® her instruction and guide service in Alaska, for the past twenty-five years taking both women and couples fishing for salmon, trout, Arctic grayling, char, and pike in locations all around the State. She also guides trips to Mexico and Argentina each year. Pudge ties the flies for all of her guided trips, and demonstrates fly tying for clubs and shows around the country. Her special salmon flies are used by fly anglers throughout Alaska. A contributing editor for “Fish Alaska Magazine,” and the author of four books, “Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska,” and “River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women” (both Benjamin Franklin Award Winners) as well as her new books, “Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North,” and “Pacific Salmon Flies.” Pudge also instructs for Casting for Recovery, Alaska, and is a member of the International Women Fly Fishers, the Alaska Fly Fishers, and the guide associations of both TU and the FFF. Pudge is also a Fly Fishing Ambassador for patagonia, and Women’s Flyfishing® has become a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business. Her web site is www.womensflyfishing.net and her e-mail is pudge@womensflyfishing.net

Peter KogaPeter Koga:  Began tying in the late ‘60’s to match the type of fishing I was doing at the time.  Trout flies first for freestone streams, spring creeks, lakes and tail water fisheries.  Then got into steelhead fishing and began tying traditional steelhead flies for the California, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia rivers.   Started using two handed rods in 2001 and began tying tube flies, stingers and Intruder type flies for fishing with two handed rods.  Have done a lot of off shore conventional gear fishing and over the past several years began to use fly rods for off shore yellow fin tuna, yellowtail and dorado and the flies for those species, primarily sardines, anchovies and squid patterns.  I was born in Hawaii and have started to chase bonefish and trevally with a fly rod as well since 2004.

 

Dave_Kruss_Photo103113Dave Kruss: Dave began his lifelong pursuit of fly fishing and tying during 1954 while living in Southern California. Between then and now he has “defrauded” nearly every North American continental fish species from waters fresh & salt, warm & cold, all on flies of his own creation. During his (26) year participation as an international spearfishing competitor, Dave has developed a unique “match-the-hatch” approach to design of saltwater baitfish imitations. Dave is a past president and member of the Peninsula Fly Fishers and continues to teach intermediate and advanced tying classes to club members. He is also a member of the venerable Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and teaches occasional classes for those members as well. Dave publicly demonstrates his skills nearly (150) hours annually at various FFF Council fundraisers and commercial shows (mostly) located in the western states. He volunteered for nearly (15) years as a member of the Board of Directors and Fly Tying Committee Chair for the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, who awarded him recipient of the 2003 Ned Long Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year award. Dave has been published in Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing and Western Outdoors magazines. He presently resides in San Mateo with his wife and a Welch Corgi (dog), with fur amazingly similar to that of an Australian Possum.

Angel LujanANGEL J. LUJAN: My introduction to fly fishing began when I was eleven years old. While camping with my family at Beaver Creek located east of Angels Camp, California, I noticed a man downstream, swinging his rod back and forth, catching several fish. When he got close enough to me, I asked what he was doing, and he responded “Fly fishing.” He showed me a little white fly and asked me to watch it as he threw it upstream. Suddenly, the water erupted, and a huge trout emerged! I was hooked. From that moment on, I fly fished sporadically until a major sports injury sidelined me in 2003. After a few months of being a coach potato, I decided to give fly tying a try. I learned how creative you can truly be when designing flies. So after my surgery and rehabilitation, I returned to fly fishing full time with the addition of my newly found passion of fly tying. Since then, I have developed various bait fish patterns, both surface and sub-surface flies tailored for the California Delta. I frequently conduct fly tying demonstrations at various Northern California fly shops and shows, one being the California Sportsmen Show in Sacramento, California. Contact Info: ammale@comcast.net, 510.706.3901

Jay_sPhotoJay Murakoshi: I have been in the fly fishing industry for the past 38 years and also a commerical fly tyer for 37 years, having tied for such notables as Lefty Kreh, Trey Combs. At one time or another, I have tied for most of California’s fly shops. My patterns have been featured in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, California Fly Fisher, Western Outdoors, North and SouthWest Fly Fishing. I am one of the West Coast contributing writers for FFSW magazine. I have developed a few top water bass patterns that have been featured and I also sell them through my web site www.fliesunlimited.com. They are the CB Diver, Floating Minnow, the Hula Girl and the latest is the Freddy’s Frog Crease Fly. A fly that will entice any LMB or striper. As a speaker, I have been doing seminars and clinics since the early 80’s. I have spoken to thousands of people at events like the International Sportsmans Expo, The Fly Fishing Show, Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair, sports pro shops, fly fishing clubs and conclaves. I’m also on pro staff for TFO, Galvan Reels, RIO products, SmithAction, Angler’s Sports Group (Dai Ichi Hooks), Gamakatsu. I also run my own travel business taking people south of the border to the La Paz area. We fish the waters of La Ventana/Cerralvo Island. I spend 3 to 4 months fishing the waters and know them quite well. You can find me at www.bajaflyfishingadventures.com. We also arrange trips to Guatamala and Australia. My latest adventure is filming and producing fly fishing video’s and fly tying video’s.

StevePotterSteve Potter: Christmas of 1990 is when Steve received the gift of his first fly tying kit. In complete enjoyment he practiced for hours upon end, tying many different types of flies. Steve gained further expertise in this area from studying the pros like Billy Munn, Jimmy Nix and Chris Helm. As time went on, spinning deer hair not only became a favorite of Steve’s, but he was a natural at it. Steve’s been tying bass bugs and trout flies ever since receiving that first fly tying kit. He has demonstrated his tying skills in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California at Federation of Fly Fishing events. Steve has also tied at the International Sportsman’s Expositions in Pleasanton, San Mateo, and Sacramento, California. The Fly Fishing Shows in San Rafael and Pleasanton, California have featured Steve as one of their tiers. The waters of the Sierra supply various species of trout that make a bountiful day of fishing – well worth the time spent at the tying table! Steve also enjoys wetting his fly line out on the California Delta for Largemouth and Striped Bass. As a team member in 2008, Steve took first place at the 1st California Delta Bass and Fly Competition.

enricoEnrico Puglisi:  Surrounded by the saltwater of the Mediterranean, Enrico learned about fishing in his native Sicily before he could walk while watching his father and uncles catching dinner. Gaudy chicken feathers that seemed to attract some of the largest fish especially intrigued him. But his passion for fishing remained latent while he was urged to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked as a chef in a Sicilian hotel where he eventually met his American wife, Karen. After arriving in the United States in 1980, he continued to work as a chef. Even though he was bound to the kitchen, he still found time to explore fishing opportunities here. With Karen’s help he learned about fly fishing at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island, and other New York State streams. After hooking his first trout on a fly it instilled in him an insatiable thirst to understand why fish “eat” wisps of wool and feathers on a hook. Over the winter, Enrico taught himself to read English by subscribing to fishing magazines and reading books on flyfishing. He also discovered the Orvis catalogue and fly tying. Learning to tie flies for trout was a watershed experience for Enrico since these tiny imitations were quite different from the crude artificials he had constructed from his mother’s chicken feathers on snelled hooks. Since that year, Enrico expanded his knowledge of fish and what makes them strike an artificial fly. But something kept drawing him back to the sea. So he took the knowledge he had recently accumulated about fresh water fishing and added it to his earliest memories about catching saltwater species. He then took to fishing several local Long Island beaches. He opened The Practical Fly Shop in Little Neck, NY in 1992, where his customers encouraged him to create many of his innovative flies. But the rigors of fishing in saltwater and the toothy fish he pursued led him to experiment with more durable synthetic and natural materials to create flies. Those flies eventually became part of the catalog of offerings that are now marketed through Enrico Puglisi Ltd. as EP Flies and EP Fibers. Today, Enrico no longer maintains The Practical Fly Shop, but through Enrico Puglisi Ltd., his innovative products are making a major impact on the future direction of saltwater flyfishing. His unique hand-tied flies are recognized around the world, and he has been invited to demonstrate his meticulous tying    techniques across the United States and Europe. All of his patterns are designed to match specific baitfish and to be eminently fishable. Enrico and his innovative style of flies were featured on The Reel Guys – an ESPN2 fly fishing show that aired in the spring of 2002. The show shows how effective Enrico’s flies are on East Coast striped bass. Recently, while appearing as a featured guest tier at a major fishing show, a youngster standing with his father pointed to one of Enrico’s creations and said, “Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank.” “Yes, I know,” said the father. “That’s why it catches fish!” That was a proud moment for Enrico because that’s what he wants to create for his customers — flies that catch fish!

CarlRonkTyingCarl Ronk: Carl has been fly fishing since he was eight years old. At age ten he learned to tie flies and has been tying since. Carl is now in his sixties and continues to tie and teach fly tying. Carl was the CEO of Terra Fly Tools, designing and selling tools for fly tying until the company was sold to Wapsi, in 2007. Carl is currently on the Jay Fair / Tie Fast Pro Team. Carl has been a demonstration tier at many show across the northwest for the last six years. He enjoys helping other tiers with tips and tricks.

 

 

JohnRyzanychJohn Ryzanych: Through his modern approach in the use of fur, feathers and synthetics John has become widely recognized as one of the sports leading creative tiers. His original designs, including the Fat Head bait fish and Air Head top water fly, are used the world over and considered cutting edge for their unique functionality and greater representation of the things sport fish eat. His company, ICON Products, manufactures and distributes specialized fly fishing products. The body forming material SOFTEX is complimented by a line of market leaders like Fly Stages (fly tyer’s vise mounted organizer), Perfect Loops (“engineered” braid loops for perfect line to backing connections) and The Catch & Release “Zero Limit” line of conservation message apparel and decals. In addition to managing the operations and development aspects of his company, John regularly performs tying demonstrations at both domestic and international fly fishing venues, and contributes articles to the sport’s leading magazines. He is also a board member of the Northern California FFF, advisor to the California Department of Fish and Game, and recently successful in sponsoring conservation legislation in his home state of California. When time allows, he pursues his passion for fishing the salt waters of the world!

Les WarrenLes Warren:  Born & raised in Ponca City, OK. I have been fishing since I was 3 years old. I have always enjoyed creating my own fishing lures & jigs. In 2008 I met master tier Clifford Sullivan who introduced me to fly fishing & fly tying. Clifford has been teaching me the art of tying & it has become a major part of my life. I always enjoyed watching & learning from the tiers at the fly tying events & started tying in the shows in 2011 in California & Idaho.

 

 

 

MORE TO COME!

 

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A Note from the Director:  TBA

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth: 
Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Talks subject to change and additions.

Seminars:

Friday
Catch Room
11:30   Jason Randall – Advanced Nymph Fishing
1:00    Joe Contaldi – Fly Fishing Tactics for Success in the Eastern Sierra
2:30    Rob Anderson – Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake
4:00    Gary Borger – Fishing the Big Fish Flies—Streamers, Bucktails, and other Long Flies

Release Room
11:00   Phillip Rowley – Ten Stillwater Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
12:30   Landon Mayer –  Successful Seasons: How to Catch Quality Trout Throughout the Year
2:00    Jeff Currier – Tricks and Tactics for the Worlds Best Flats
3:30    Brian Chan – Understanding Chironomids in Stillwaters
Saturday
Catch Room
10:00  Dan Blanton – San Luis Reservoir on the Fly – Keeping up with the Changes to Keep You in the Game
11:30   Jason Randall – What Trout See
1:00    Phillip Rowley – “It’s Not Just a Bobber!”-Strike Indicator Techniques for Stillwaters
2:30    Tom Boyd – Rainbow trout and steelhead – How, Where, and When.
4:00    Landon Mayer – Trout Tips: Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout

Release Room
10:30   Joe Contaldi – Fly Fishing Tactics for Success in the Eastern Sierra
12:00   Ed Engle – Catching Difficult Trout
1:30     Gary Borger – Really Matching the Hatch
3:00    Jeff Currier –Fly Fishing for Carp – A 20-pound Fish near Home!

Sunday
Catch Room
10:00  Dan Blanton – Fly Fishing the California Delta – Improving Your Score with the Dynamic Four
11:30   Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
1:00    Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics That Catch Trout
2:30    Rob Anderson – Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake

Release Room
10:30    Brian Chan – Biology of Productive Western Stillwaters and How to Use This to Your Fishing Advantage
12:00    Landon Mayer – Successful Seasons: How to Catch Quality Trout Throughout the Year
1:30      Joe Humphreys – Nymphing Reflections
3:00     Jeff Currier – Streamer Tricks for More and Larger

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
11:00   Landon Mayer – Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties that Catch Fish
12:15   Philip Rowley – Balanced Flies
1:30    Denny Rickards – Tying Stillwater Patterns for Trophy Trout
2:45    Gary Borger – 42 Hackling Techniques
4:00   Jay Murakoshi – A No Brainer Crease Fly

Saturday
11:00   Rob Anderson – Patterns for Pyramid Lake
12:15   Dan Blanton – Dan Blanton Originals and Favorites
1:30    Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies
2:45    Phillip Rowley – Top Chironomids
4:00   Gary Borger – 42 Hackling Techniques

Sunday
10:00  Rob Anderson – Patterns for Pyramid Lake
11:15    Phillip Rowley – Essential Stillwater Patterns
12:30   Dan Blanton –Dan Blanton Originals and Favorites
1:45     Landon Mayer – Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties that Catch Fish
3:00    Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
Inside Pond
12:15   Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15    Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips
4:15    Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101

Outside Pond
11:15   George Revel – Adding Distance to Your Cast
1:15    Wendy Gunn – Simple Casting Tips for Better Fishing
3:15    Phillip Rowley – Stillwater Casting and Presentation Techniques

Saturday
Inside Pond
10:15    Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch
12:15    Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15     Landon Mayer – Learning the Short Game

Outside Pond
11:15   Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul
1:15    Wendy Gunn – Simple Casting Tips for Better Fishing
3:15    Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips

 

Sunday
Inside pond
10:15    Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips
12:15    Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101
2:00    Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast

Outside Pond
11:15    George Revel – Adding Distance to Your Cast
12:45    Landon Mayer – Learning the Short Game
2:30     Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Friday 2:00-4:30pm
Intro to Fly Casting Casting with Mary Ann Dozer.  The best fly fishers know how to cast. Fly Casting is easy when you apply a few basic mechanics. During this two and a half hour class you will get real-time application and coaching on the roll cast and overhead cast.  You will walk away with the confidence and skills to deliver a  deliver the fly to water successfully.  All levels.

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy.
All Levels

New Age Nymphing with Jason Randall. Get the most out of your nymph fishing! This workshop covers all aspects of advanced nymph fishing including new methods such as Czech and other tightline techniques. Choose the best method to keep your flies in the strike zone and improve strike detection to catch more fish. Each student will build a sighter leader and learn the tuck and oval tuck cast. Each student should bring rod, reel and fly line.  All Levels.

Saturday 8:30-11:00am
Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.

Fly Casting with Gary Borger.  This casting class focuses on the skills needed to develop sound casting and mending, and encompasses Wrist Casting, Arm Assisted Wrist Casting, Whole Arm Casting, The Bow and Arrow and Long Range Bow and Arrow Casts, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Casting, Curve Casting, Side Arm Roll Casting, Switch Casting, Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend. Curve Mend, Hump Mend, Puddle Reach, the C Pickup, Shooting Line, and more.  All Levels.

Conquering Chironomids with Phillip Rowley.  Chironomids are the number one food source for stillwater trout..  Without a doubt if you wish to experience consistent stillwater success you need to learn how to imitate chironomids!  Phil Rowley has become one of North America’s leading stillwater experts.  Join Phil as he unlocks the mystique and misconceptions surrounding chironomids.

This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information about how to fish chironomids consistently using a variety of presentation techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:

•    Rod, reel and line specifics including choosing the right fly line
•    Leader construction techniques and essential knots
•    Understanding of the chironomid lifecycle!
•    Floating line techniques, both with and without indicators
•    Deep water indicator tactics
•    Sinking line techniques
•    Leaders and droppers
•    Casting tips
•    Retrieves
•    Recognizing takes
•    Fly selection

If you are tired of watching others catch fish using chironomids or want to improve your existing chironomid skills this is one workshop you can’t afford to miss.  Sign up today, this workshop books fast!  All levels.

Saturday 2:00-4:30pm
Wet Flies; How to tie and fish them with Jason Randall.  Cover the water effectively with wet flies and soft hackles. You need this technique in your game plan, especially as a searching method or to entice trout when they’re finicky. Learn different presentation styles. Tie three killer flies you can’t buy at a shop. Bring vise, tying tools, black and tan thread. All other materials will be provided  All Levels

Intro to Fly Casting Casting with Mary Ann Dozer.  The best fly fishers know how to cast. Fly Casting is easy when you apply a few basic mechanics. During this two and a half hour class you will get real-time application and coaching on the roll cast and overhead cast.  You will walk away with the confidence and skills to deliver a  deliver the fly to water successfully.  All levels.

Casting with Joe Humphreys.  Tight brush, tuck cast, slack leader cast, you’ll learn it all from a legendary caster and teacher.  Joe is one of the best instructors and has more coaching and teaching experience than any other instructor.  All Levels.

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am
Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.

Fly Casting with Gary Borger.  This casting class focuses on the skills needed to develop sound casting and mending, and encompasses Wrist Casting, Arm Assisted Wrist Casting, Whole Arm Casting, The Bow and Arrow and Long Range Bow and Arrow Casts, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Casting, Curve Casting, Side Arm Roll Casting, Switch Casting, Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend. Curve Mend, Hump Mend, Puddle Reach, the C Pickup, Shooting Line, and more.  All Levels.

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy.
All Levels

Casting with Joe Humphreys.  Tight brush, tuck cast, slack leader cast, you’ll learn it all from a legendary caster and teacher.  Joe is one of the best instructors and has more coaching and teaching experience than any other instructor.  All Levels

Sunday 2:00-4:30pm
For Women Only with Wendy Gunn.  Join this all women’s class to learn proper basics and improve your fly-casting.  All Levels.

 

 

Note: Most tying classes require some tying experience and others may require more. Ask us when you call. Beginners are welcome, but be prepared for more than basics. All students must bring their own tying vise, tools, lamp if needed, and a sampling of materials. Most classes will provide adequate materials for the patterns being taught.  If a class is canceled, you will be notified 5 days prior to the show and permitted to switch or receive a refund.

Casting Classes will be held outside.  All other classes will be held indoors.

Casting Classes: Bring your own rod, reel & line.

Fly Tying Classes: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials.

To insure quality instruction class size is limited. Call us for more class descriptions or availability. Classes will fill and close, so register early. The tuition charge of $85 includes admission to the show for that day. There are no refunds unless the class is canceled. You MUST register in advance. Click HERE to register online.  For more information call 814-443-3638.

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Talks subject to change and additions.

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 24 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click here to purchase advance tickets.

 

 

IFFF Learning Center: The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) hosts the Fly Fishing Learning Center with fly tying, casting instruction and other fly fishing information and is free to show attendees. Fly tying focuses on young attendees, but all ages are welcome. Tying sessions begin every 30 minutes during periods of high demand; “when you get there” during periods of lighter attendance. There are usually three casting classes per day taught by IFFF Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the IFFF booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided.IFFF-Logo-horizontal-web-sm-SM For more experienced fly fishers, an instructor will individually video your cast and evaluate it with suggestions for improvement. The IFFF Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

 

 

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